Andrew Haining's Blog
Ratus Apparatus is a one man game developer (Andrew Haining, a.k.a. The Sombrero Kid) based in Glasgow, Scotland. I'm currently working on my first game Alaska which is due to be released in summer 2015. you can find out more about Alaska here
, or by reading my development blog
What I learned about entering the IGF last year, advice for devs and advice for the IGF!
No matter where you go in the games industry you'll find countless people telling you to start small "make something manageable that you'll get done quick or you'll never finish it" is the accepted wisdom but I believe this is bad advice.
I've been hearing a lot of people talking about Unity lately and I know a LOT of developers who've moved over to Unity to develop their games and this is a good thing, for now...
I try and make sense of what little success in getting coverage for Alaska in the games press.
Brief overview of The Agency Engine, my game engine I'm building Alaska on. This is reprinted from my development blog post http://www.ratusapparatus.com/blog/the-anatomy-of-the-agency-engine/
Andrew Haining's Comments
[Blog - 08/16/2014 - 02:16]
Fail Early and minimum viable ...
Fail Early and minimum viable product are both symptoms of the influx of untrained people into game development, no one knows what they 're doing so they just run around like headless chickens. If you 're trained and/or smart you should think big imo to try and offer something no ...
[Blog - 08/04/2014 - 09:14]
I completely agree, I 've ...
I completely agree, I 've been employed in the games industry for nearly 10 years and I 've been working in my spare time for 3 on my own game. So far I 've risked nothing and am not at all worried about deadlines or money, supporting my kids or ...
[News - 07/29/2014 - 07:21]
To be fair the dota ...
To be fair the dota 2 stats are measured in the number of streams and the super bowl stats are measured in ratio of sample devices multiplied by the population of the US, i.e. translates to an approximation of people watching, not devices.
[News - 07/14/2014 - 04:00]
On the spectrum of Free ...
On the spectrum of Free Press to PR, Yogscast are now undeniably PR. At least they are open about it. People will know to go elsewhere for a less partial opinion.
[Blog - 07/10/2014 - 12:39]
80 of your C application ...
80 of your C application is compiled unmanaged C , this article is for the people who write those parts, not gameplay programmers. You can 't run performance sensitive code in a managed language because on the spectrum of optimisations vs readability you sometimes need to move towards unreadable optimised ...
[News - 05/15/2014 - 02:58]
The question helped inspire me ...
The question helped inspire me to write this - http://gamasutra.com/blogs/AndrewHaining/20140515/217837/Think big or go home.php r n r nI think I was coming at it from a different perspective though lol. Although I agree with this in my blog too.